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Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance Project?

This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing how our work is making a real difference for the citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 

Our legal and regulatory work is sometimes too complex to comprehend and this blog is about communicating the benefits of energy reforms and reaching out to citizens. “Why is this reform needed?”, “What exactly will change?” and “How will this reform make my everyday life better?” - these are the types of questions we will try to answer to help citizens understand the importance of energy reforms.

We invite your feedback to our monthly blog and any ideas for future blog topics to: EU4Energy@energy-community.org

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A new take on how the EU4Energy Governance project will ultimately benefit citizens

Many people ask me what the EU4Energy Governance project does to help citizens in our countries of operation.  I decided it was time to tackle this question and try to answer it in ‘human language’ rather than with the usual technical jargon.

But we would need some context first. The EU4Energy Governance project works mainly in three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Our work is focused on helping governments to draft and adopt new laws and regulations in the energy sector that will ultimately help citizens in three ways:

  • Citizens will benefit from lower energy bills and those most vulnerable will be supported in paying for their energy (reduction of energy poverty);
  • Citizens will have a reliable and better quality of energy supply; and
  • Citizens will have cleaner air quality as the emissions caused by energy-related activities are reduced.

But how do the new energy laws and regulations bring about such benefits for citizens?

Sometimes to explain something complex, it is better to use an analogy that is easy to understand.  Let’s use the example of a shop.  Let’s pretend that there is only one shop in the city that is run by the government.  As there is no competition, everyone purchases goods at this shop. The service is slow, and the selection and the quality of the goods leaves a lot to be desired.

The government wants to keep its citizens happy, so it charges artificially low prices for the goods at the shop which cover only a small fraction of the real cost of operation.  The income from the shop is not sufficient to cover the cost of operation and the shop constantly borrows money from the state and creates a huge debt.  The citizens in reality are not benefiting from this shop; the quality of the goods is low and they are paying more for the goods through indirect subsidies that come from their taxes.  The shop is about to go bankrupt as it cannot sustain the huge levels of debt and it has no income to invest in new equipment and goods for the shop.

The shop can continue to operate in this manner but it will eventually go bankrupt and cause severe problems to the state finances.  Alternatively, the government who owns the shop can try to save it and reduce its debt by re-organising the shop business in the city. The government can attract multiple investors to not only invest in the one shop, but also in additional new shops, which will create competition and ultimately reduce prices for consumers as they compete for their business.  Further benefits include that citizens will have better quality of goods and the state will be able to pay off the shop debt and even generate new income for the state finances from the new shops.

So how does this all relate to energy?

Well think of the shop in the above analogy as one of the state energy monopolies. It is no longer economically viable and has huge debts that even put the state at risk.  With no investments made in their energy infrastructure for many years, the reliability and quality of the energy supply is in jeopardy for their citizens.  The solution is the same as in the analogy: there is a need for total re-organisation or reform of the sector.

It is with this ‘re-organisation’ that the EU4Energy Governance team helps governments. Our team works side-by-side with relevant state actors to develop legislation and regulations for viable energy markets that put the citizen’s concerns at the heart of the reforms.  Simply put, we support energy reforms with this vision:

Citizens have secured energy for the long-term, at affordable rates, available through multiple suppliers that they can choose from and with the right to recourse in case of unfair treatment. 

Why a new hashtag #EnergyReforms4Citizens?

As part of our ongoing focus to help create an awareness of the benefits of these energy reforms for citizens, we have adopted a new hashtag for our work: #EnergyReforms4Citizens.  This new hashtag will help us better document how the reforms are benefiting citizens and how citizens are at the heart of our work.

Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance team?

Sometimes our work can seem very complicated and legalistic.  We want to have an opportunity to take away the technical jargon and present our work in an easy-to-understand way. This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing the ‘human side’ of our work and the impact it is making. I hope you enjoyed this first blog post and invite your comments and questions for future blog posts. 

Svitlana KARPYSHYNA
Deputy Head of Unit
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Expert

 

A new take on how the EU4Energy Governance project will ultimately benefit citizens

Many people ask me what the EU4Energy Governance project does to help citizens in our countries of operation.  I decided it was time to tackle this question and try to answer it in ‘human language’ rather than with the usual technical jargon.

But we would need some context first. The EU4Energy Governance project works mainly in three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Our work is focused on helping governments to draft and adopt new laws and regulations in the energy sector that will ultimately help citizens in three ways:

  • Citizens will benefit from lower energy bills and those most vulnerable will be supported in paying for their energy (reduction of energy poverty);
  • Citizens will have a reliable and better quality of energy supply; and
  • Citizens will have cleaner air quality as the emissions caused by energy-related activities are reduced.

 

But how do the new energy laws and regulations bring about such benefits for citizens?

Sometimes to explain something complex, it is better to use an analogy that is easy to understand.  Let’s use the example of a shop.  Let’s pretend that there is only one shop in the city that is run by the government.  As there is no competition, everyone purchases goods at this shop. The service is slow, and the selection and the quality of the goods leaves a lot to be desired.

The government wants to keep its citizens happy, so it charges artificially low prices for the goods at the shop which cover only a small fraction of the real cost of operation.  The income from the shop is not sufficient to cover the cost of operation and the shop constantly borrows money from the state and creates a huge debt.  The citizens in reality are not benefiting from this shop; the quality of the goods is low and they are paying more for the goods through indirect subsidies that come from their taxes.  The shop is about to go bankrupt as it cannot sustain the huge levels of debt and it has no income to invest in new equipment and goods for the shop.

The shop can continue to operate in this manner but it will eventually go bankrupt and cause severe problems to the state finances.  Alternatively, the government who owns the shop can try to save it and reduce its debt by re-organising the shop business in the city. The government can attract multiple investors to not only invest in the one shop, but also in additional new shops, which will create competition and ultimately reduce prices for consumers as they compete for their business.  Further benefits include that citizens will have better quality of goods and the state will be able to pay off the shop debt and even generate new income for the state finances from the new shops.

So how does this all relate to energy?

Well think of the shop in the above analogy as one of the state energy monopolies. It is no longer economically viable and has huge debts that even put the state at risk.  With no investments made in their energy infrastructure for many years, the reliability and quality of the energy supply is in jeopardy for their citizens.  The solution is the same as in the analogy: there is a need for total re-organisation or reform of the sector.

It is with this ‘re-organisation’ that the EU4Energy Governance team helps governments. Our team works side-by-side with relevant state actors to develop legislation and regulations for viable energy markets that put the citizen’s concerns at the heart of the reforms.  Simply put, we support energy reforms with this vision:

Citizens have secured energy for the long-term, at affordable rates, available through multiple suppliers that they can choose from and with the right to recourse in case of unfair treatment. 

Why a new hashtag #EnergyReforms4Citizens?

As part of our ongoing focus to help create an awareness of the benefits of these energy reforms for citizens, we have adopted a new hashtag for our work: #EnergyReforms4Citizens.  This new hashtag will help us better document how the reforms are benefiting citizens and how citizens are at the heart of our work.

Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance team?

Sometimes our work can seem very complicated and legalistic.  We want to have an opportunity to take away the technical jargon and present our work in an easy-to-understand way. This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing the ‘human side’ of our work and the impact it is making. I hope you enjoyed this first blog post and invite your comments and questions for future blog posts. 

Svitlana KARPYSHYNA
Deputy Head of Unit
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Expert

 

A new take on how the EU4Energy Governance project will ultimately benefit citizens

Many people ask me what the EU4Energy Governance project does to help citizens in our countries of operation.  I decided it was time to tackle this question and try to answer it in ‘human language’ rather than with the usual technical jargon.

But we would need some context first. The EU4Energy Governance project works mainly in three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Our work is focused on helping governments to draft and adopt new laws and regulations in the energy sector that will ultimately help citizens in three ways:

  • Citizens will benefit from lower energy bills and those most vulnerable will be supported in paying for their energy (reduction of energy poverty);
  • Citizens will have a reliable and better quality of energy supply; and
  • Citizens will have cleaner air quality as the emissions caused by energy-related activities are reduced.

 

But how do the new energy laws and regulations bring about such benefits for citizens?

Sometimes to explain something complex, it is better to use an analogy that is easy to understand.  Let’s use the example of a shop.  Let’s pretend that there is only one shop in the city that is run by the government.  As there is no competition, everyone purchases goods at this shop. The service is slow, and the selection and the quality of the goods leaves a lot to be desired.

The government wants to keep its citizens happy, so it charges artificially low prices for the goods at the shop which cover only a small fraction of the real cost of operation.  The income from the shop is not sufficient to cover the cost of operation and the shop constantly borrows money from the state and creates a huge debt.  The citizens in reality are not benefiting from this shop; the quality of the goods is low and they are paying more for the goods through indirect subsidies that come from their taxes.  The shop is about to go bankrupt as it cannot sustain the huge levels of debt and it has no income to invest in new equipment and goods for the shop.

The shop can continue to operate in this manner but it will eventually go bankrupt and cause severe problems to the state finances.  Alternatively, the government who owns the shop can try to save it and reduce its debt by re-organising the shop business in the city. The government can attract multiple investors to not only invest in the one shop, but also in additional new shops, which will create competition and ultimately reduce prices for consumers as they compete for their business.  Further benefits include that citizens will have better quality of goods and the state will be able to pay off the shop debt and even generate new income for the state finances from the new shops.

So how does this all relate to energy?

Well think of the shop in the above analogy as one of the state energy monopolies. It is no longer economically viable and has huge debts that even put the state at risk.  With no investments made in their energy infrastructure for many years, the reliability and quality of the energy supply is in jeopardy for their citizens.  The solution is the same as in the analogy: there is a need for total re-organisation or reform of the sector.

It is with this ‘re-organisation’ that the EU4Energy Governance team helps governments. Our team works side-by-side with relevant state actors to develop legislation and regulations for viable energy markets that put the citizen’s concerns at the heart of the reforms.  Simply put, we support energy reforms with this vision:

Citizens have secured energy for the long-term, at affordable rates, available through multiple suppliers that they can choose from and with the right to recourse in case of unfair treatment. 

Why a new hashtag #EnergyReforms4Citizens?

As part of our ongoing focus to help create an awareness of the benefits of these energy reforms for citizens, we have adopted a new hashtag for our work: #EnergyReforms4Citizens.  This new hashtag will help us better document how the reforms are benefiting citizens and how citizens are at the heart of our work.

Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance team?

Sometimes our work can seem very complicated and legalistic.  We want to have an opportunity to take away the technical jargon and present our work in an easy-to-understand way. This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing the ‘human side’ of our work and the impact it is making. I hope you enjoyed this first blog post and invite your comments and questions for future blog posts. 

Svitlana KARPYSHYNA
Deputy Head of Unit
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Expert

 

A new take on how the EU4Energy Governance project will ultimately benefit citizens

Many people ask me what the EU4Energy Governance project does to help citizens in our countries of operation.  I decided it was time to tackle this question and try to answer it in ‘human language’ rather than with the usual technical jargon.

But we would need some context first. The EU4Energy Governance project works mainly in three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Our work is focused on helping governments to draft and adopt new laws and regulations in the energy sector that will ultimately help citizens in three ways:

  • Citizens will benefit from lower energy bills and those most vulnerable will be supported in paying for their energy (reduction of energy poverty);
  • Citizens will have a reliable and better quality of energy supply; and
  • Citizens will have cleaner air quality as the emissions caused by energy-related activities are reduced.

 

But how do the new energy laws and regulations bring about such benefits for citizens?

Sometimes to explain something complex, it is better to use an analogy that is easy to understand.  Let’s use the example of a shop.  Let’s pretend that there is only one shop in the city that is run by the government.  As there is no competition, everyone purchases goods at this shop. The service is slow, and the selection and the quality of the goods leaves a lot to be desired.

The government wants to keep its citizens happy, so it charges artificially low prices for the goods at the shop which cover only a small fraction of the real cost of operation.  The income from the shop is not sufficient to cover the cost of operation and the shop constantly borrows money from the state and creates a huge debt.  The citizens in reality are not benefiting from this shop; the quality of the goods is low and they are paying more for the goods through indirect subsidies that come from their taxes.  The shop is about to go bankrupt as it cannot sustain the huge levels of debt and it has no income to invest in new equipment and goods for the shop.

The shop can continue to operate in this manner but it will eventually go bankrupt and cause severe problems to the state finances.  Alternatively, the government who owns the shop can try to save it and reduce its debt by re-organising the shop business in the city. The government can attract multiple investors to not only invest in the one shop, but also in additional new shops, which will create competition and ultimately reduce prices for consumers as they compete for their business.  Further benefits include that citizens will have better quality of goods and the state will be able to pay off the shop debt and even generate new income for the state finances from the new shops.

So how does this all relate to energy?

Well think of the shop in the above analogy as one of the state energy monopolies. It is no longer economically viable and has huge debts that even put the state at risk.  With no investments made in their energy infrastructure for many years, the reliability and quality of the energy supply is in jeopardy for their citizens.  The solution is the same as in the analogy: there is a need for total re-organisation or reform of the sector.

It is with this ‘re-organisation’ that the EU4Energy Governance team helps governments. Our team works side-by-side with relevant state actors to develop legislation and regulations for viable energy markets that put the citizen’s concerns at the heart of the reforms.  Simply put, we support energy reforms with this vision:

Citizens have secured energy for the long-term, at affordable rates, available through multiple suppliers that they can choose from and with the right to recourse in case of unfair treatment. 

Why a new hashtag #EnergyReforms4Citizens?

As part of our ongoing focus to help create an awareness of the benefits of these energy reforms for citizens, we have adopted a new hashtag for our work: #EnergyReforms4Citizens.  This new hashtag will help us better document how the reforms are benefiting citizens and how citizens are at the heart of our work.

Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance team?

Sometimes our work can seem very complicated and legalistic.  We want to have an opportunity to take away the technical jargon and present our work in an easy-to-understand way. This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing the ‘human side’ of our work and the impact it is making. I hope you enjoyed this first blog post and invite your comments and questions for future blog posts. 

Svitlana KARPYSHYNA
Deputy Head of Unit
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Expert

 

Mr. Alessandro Ischia

 

Senior Expert - Gas Department Energie-Control (Austria)

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A new take on how the EU4Energy Governance project will ultimately benefit citizens

Many people ask me what the EU4Energy Governance project does to help citizens in our countries of operation.  I decided it was time to tackle this question and try to answer it in ‘human language’ rather than with the usual technical jargon.

But we would need some context first. The EU4Energy Governance project works mainly in three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Our work is focused on helping governments to draft and adopt new laws and regulations in the energy sector that will ultimately help citizens in three ways:

•             Citizens will benefit from lower energy bills and those most vulnerable will be supported in paying for their energy (reduction of energy poverty);

•             Citizens will have a reliable and better quality of energy supply; and

•             Citizens will have cleaner air quality as the emissions caused by energy-related activities are reduced.

But how do the new energy laws and regulations bring about such benefits for citizens?

Sometimes to explain something complex, it is better to use an analogy that is easy to understand.  Let’s use the example of a shop.  Let’s pretend that there is only one shop in the city that is run by the government.  As there is no competition, everyone purchases goods at this shop. The service is slow, and the selection and the quality of the goods leaves a lot to be desired.

The government wants to keep its citizens happy, so it charges artificially low prices for the goods at the shop which cover only a small fraction of the real cost of operation.  The income from the shop is not sufficient to cover the cost of operation and the shop constantly borrows money from the state and creates a huge debt.  The citizens in reality are not benefiting from this shop; the quality of the goods is low and they are paying more for the goods through indirect subsidies that come from their taxes.  The shop is about to go bankrupt as it cannot sustain the huge levels of debt and it has no income to invest in new equipment and goods for the shop.

The shop can continue to operate in this manner but it will eventually go bankrupt and cause severe problems to the state finances.  Alternatively, the government who owns the shop can try to save it and reduce its debt by re-organising the shop business in the city. The government can attract multiple investors to not only invest in the one shop, but also in additional new shops, which will create competition and ultimately reduce prices for consumers as they compete for their business.  Further benefits include that citizens will have better quality of goods and the state will be able to pay off the shop debt and even generate new income for the state finances from the new shops.

So how does this all relate to energy?

Well think of the shop in the above analogy as one of the state energy monopolies. It is no longer economically viable and has huge debts that even put the state at risk.  With no investments made in their energy infrastructure for many years, the reliability and quality of the energy supply is in jeopardy for their citizens.  The solution is the same as in the analogy: there is a need for total re-organisation or reform of the sector.

It is with this ‘re-organisation’ that the EU4Energy Governance team helps governments. Our team works side-by-side with relevant state actors to develop legislation and regulations for viable energy markets that put the citizen’s concerns at the heart of the reforms.  Simply put, we support energy reforms with this vision:

Citizens have secured energy for the long-term, at affordable rates, available through multiple suppliers that they can choose from and with the right to recourse in case of unfair treatment. 

Why a new hashtag #EnergyReforms4Citizens?

As part of our ongoing focus to help create an awareness of the benefits of these energy reforms for citizens, we have adopted a new hashtag for our work: #EnergyReforms4Citizens.  This new hashtag will help us to better document how the reforms are benefitting citizens and how citizens are at the heart of our work.

Why a new blog for the EU4Energy Governance team?

Sometimes our work can seem very complicated and legalistic.  We want to have an opportunity to take away the technical jargon and present our work in an easy-to-understand way. This new series of blog posts from the EU4Energy Governance team is our new communication platform for sharing the ‘human side’ of our work and the impact it is making. I hope you enjoyed this first blog post and invite your comments and questions for future blog posts. 

Svitlana KARPYSHYNA
Deputy Head of Unit
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Expert 

 

Mr. Bernhard Maier 

Associate Squire Patton Boggs, Appointment Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for Public International Law (UK)

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Mr. Florian Neumayr

 

HCo-managing partner bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte OEG (Austria)


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Ms. Maryna Hritsyshyna

 

Manager of Legal department WIND POWER LLC (Ukraine) 

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Ms. Irina Paliashvili 

 

Manager Partner RULG-UKRAINIAN Legal Group (USA) 

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Mr. Yaroslav Petrov

 

Counsel Asters law firm (Ukraine) 

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Mr. Andreas Pointvogl

 

Project Manager BLUBERRIES GmbH (Germany)

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Mr. Martin Svatos

 

Mediator / Arbitrator FORARB, Partner (Czech Republic)


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Ms. Svitlana Teush

 

Of Counsel of Redcliffe Partners law firm (former Clifford Chance Ukraine)


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Mr. Michael Thomadakis 

 

Director, Grant Thornton S.A., Athens (Greece) 


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Ms. Mariya Tsocheva

 

Senior Legal Counsel (Bulgaria)


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Mr. Herman Verbist

 

Attorney-at-Law, Member of Ghent and Brussels Bar (Belgium)

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Ms. Vanesa Vujanic

 

Attorney-at-Law, Partner Vujanic Law Office (Croatia)

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Mr. Okan Yardimci

 

Senior Energy Expert Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Ankara (Turkey) 

 
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Mr. Paul C. Deemer

Partner Of Counsel at Vinson & Elkins RLLP (UK)

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Ms. Anna De Luca

Attorney at law and (contract) professor at Università Bocconi (Italy)

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Mr. Nikos Lavranos

 

Legal advisor & dispute resolution consultant, NL-investment consulting.com, Haarlem (Netherlands) 

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Mr. Moritz Keller

 

Head of arbitration practice in Vienna at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Austria)

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Ms. Miryan Weichselbaum-Gharibo

 

International Commercial Mediator, Partner at Let's Agree (Austria)
 

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